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Posted Friday, July 29, 2011 @ 02:18 PM  

1. If given approval by the church, at the Fellowship UMC playground, build playground equipment in the form of the church’s logo. That is a white boat with a brown mast in the shape of a cross with a red sail. Build it with low maintenance materials. Build it so that kids can climb and play on it. Place it in the playground on the side where the street traffic can see it as they drive by.

2. If given approval by the church, in the playground, erect posts in the ground on the sunny side of the area above the lone park bench. Using sunbrella fabric, have a shade sewn with fasteners at the corner that will attach to eyelet screws high on the posts. Or construct it so that the shades can be attached and hoisted up the posts like flagpoles. The shades should be able to be removed from the posts for seasonal storage. For an example, see the following link:

3. For an Eagle Project, contact Long Hunter state park and arrange to speak with a ranger to construct and install a floating nesting ground for birds in Couchville Lake. This is a project that would be installed in the winter time when the water is low.

4. There are hiking trails at Long Hunter State park that need to be cleaned and cleared. There is a new short trail constructed by an area Eagle scout that has a fallen tree with it branches across the path. The branches need to be removed and the trail could use some cleaning. Since it is a new trail, there has not been enough foot traffic to make the path well defined.

5. At Fellowship UMC, along the new hiking trail to “The Grove”, research, make , and place tree and plant identification labels as an upgrade to the trail and amongst the trees in the Grove.

6. Contact other State parks and ask to clear trails or fire lanes. If you do it for 2 hours, apply that towards credit for item 3a of the Paul Bunyan Woodsman patch.

7. The rangers at Long Hunter have stated that park patrons have asked for the backcountry camping site along the Volunteer hiking trail to be upgraded. Suggestions have been made which include the construction of a picnic table, seating, better fire ring, etc. The trail is 5.5 miles one way. Any upgrades would need to be constructed offsite. They could then be carried 5.5 miles in or transported by boat across Percy Priest and offloaded on the banks right at the backcountry camp site. Final assembly could be done at the site. The best time to do this is in the fall and winter months when park visitation is low.

8. Radnor Lake State Natural Area - Every 4th Saturday of each month (except December) is Volunteer Day. Participate in trail work, planting native species, exotic plant removal and other park projects. Meet at the Radnor Lake Visitor Center at 8am. No RSVP Necessary. For more information about the Radnor Lake Volunteer Work Day, call the park office at (615)373-3467 or visit the Friends of Radnor Lake website.

9. Frozen Head State Natural Area - Every 3rd Saturday of each month is Volunteer Day except in April and December. Assist with trail maintenance and some trail construction*. Bring a daypack, water, snack/lunch and work gloves. Volunteers should wear a good pair of sturdy boots and dress appropriately for the weather. The park will provide hand tools. Workdays last from 9am to approximately 3pm. Meet at the Visitors Center just prior to start time. If you are a first time volunteer, please show up at 8am to fill out required paperwork and for a brief safety meeting. You must be in good physical shape, as you may have to hike an hour or so to a job site. Volunteers should be aware that elevation is a factor at Frozen Head. For more information about the Frozen Head Volunteer Work Day, call the park office at (423)346-3318.
* A portion of the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail runs through the park and is currently under construction.

10. Fall Creek Falls WORK DAY – Second Saturday of each month: Meet at the Nature Center 9 a.m. Please call Carla at the nature center if you plan to attend so she may get a better idea of the quantity of snacks to purchase. Lunch and snacks are provided on scheduled volunteer days.
For those more on the "crafty-side" and not wanting to take part in the more "physical" volunteer activities, we are also looking for help with making various crafts and toys for Christmas on the Mountain... So please come on and help us do crafts...for the children... ALL help is welcome! Contact the Nature Center at [B]423-881-5708[B]

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